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Jul 18, 2016

The Law Society recommends changes to the Supreme Court of Canada judicial appointment process

May 31, 2016

Law Society takes action against individuals, businesses engaging in unauthorized practice of law

May 11, 2016

The Law Society congratulates winner and runner-up of the secondary school Magna Carta essay contest

Mar 29, 2016

The Law Society and the Jack Webster Foundation invite members of the media to the 2016 Law and the Media workshop

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President's Blog

Staff lawyer Andrea Hilland and I share thoughts and insights from the Bencher's retreat in this joint blog post on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action.   more


Jul 26, 2016

Ministry of Finance announces additional property transfer tax effective August 2, 2016 – The BC government has announced an additional property transfer tax on residential property transfers to foreign entities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. more

Jul 19, 2016

Supreme Court civil hearing day fees resume – Effective August 1, 2016, the Court Services Branch will resume invoicing and collecting hearing day fees, as outlined in the Supreme Court Civil Rules Appendix C, Schedule 1, Item 9 and Item 10. more

Jul 18, 2016

Law Society delivers recommendations on appointment of judges to Supreme Court of Canada – The Law Society of British Columbia has submitted a report to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould outlining recommended principles for the appointment of Justices to the Supreme Court of Canada. more

Jul 7, 2016

BridgePoint Indemnity Company (BICO) ordered to cease and desist – On June 30, 2016, the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) ordered BridgePoint Indemnity Company (Canada) (BICO) to immediately cease conducting insurance business in the province of British Columbia. more

Jun 22, 2016

Law Society’s second annual secondary school essay contest highlights significance of the rule of law – The Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee launched an annual essay contest for BC secondary students last year to reaffirm the significance of the rule of law and to enhance students’ knowledge and willingness to participate actively in civic life. For the 2016/17 school year, the Law Society is again inviting students to submit an essay on the rule of law. more

Jun 17, 2016

BC Supreme Court's amendments to rules on Trial Management Conferences effective July 1, 2016 – The BC Supreme Court has issued amendments to Rule 12-2 of the Supreme Court Civil Rules, Trial Management Conferences, which come into effect on July 1, 2016. These amendments establish several new timelines and failure to meet the timelines may result in trials being removed from the trial list. more

Jun 10, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada releases decisions concerning CRA notices of requirements – Lawyers’ professional obligations where they receive a notice of requirement to produce information from the Canada Revenue Agency in connection with a client’s information or documents has been discussed several times over the last number of years, most recently in the Spring 2016 Benchers’ Bulletin. The Supreme Court recently released its decisions. more

May 30, 2016

TWU appeal proceedings – The Law Society’s appeal of the decision in TWU v. The Law Society of BC decision was heard in the BC Court of Appeal from June 1 to 3, 2016. more

May 27, 2016

Important PLTC registration information – updated – Does your firm plan to hire an articled student to start in 2016 or 2017? The number of articled students in BC has increased substantially in recent years. Early PLTC applicants are more likely to be placed in their session of choice. more

May 11, 2016

Articling offers by downtown Vancouver firms to stay open to August 12 – All offers of articling positions made this year by law firms with offices in downtown Vancouver must remain open until 8 am on Friday, August 12, 2016. Downtown Vancouver is defined as the area in the city of Vancouver west of Carrall Street and north of False Creek. more

Mar 23, 2016

Law firm regulation consultation – The Law Firm Regulation Task Force thanks everyone who participated in the online survey in November 2015 and the sessions that were held in 11 cities around the province in February 2016. The task force continues to see input from lawyers. more

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